POLICE have renewed an appeal for information over a trainee teacher who gone missing.

Nicholas Harper, 50, of Pickering in North Yorkshire was last seen on Thursday, February 7, leaving home as he headed to a work placement.

Mr Harper, who is described as white, around 5ft 5ins tall with short dark brown hair and a full beard, was last seen wearing a three-piece suit.

Police later found Mr Harper's car in a moorland car park at Cowhouse Wood, Helmsley, North Yorkshire.

Police have since carried out searches of the vicinity and wider area.

On Friday, in a renewed appeal, police said they were trying to trace the owner of a car who they believed could assist with investigations.

Police said a silver estate was parked near to where Mr Harper's car was found, and had also been parked there a couple of mornings previous.

Police said they are keen to speak to the driver of the estate car who they believe could have 'seen or heard' something.

Since Mr Harper was reported missing, police officers working for Durham, Cleveland, Northumbria, West and South Yorkshire forces have been circulating information about Mr Harper.

Anyone with information is urged to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 and quote reference number 12190023491.